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Green Fog: What's Up With My Farting Dog?

I've lived in Flagstaff, AZ, since 2003, where I'm an active member of the Coconino County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team and an avid hiker.

My God, Was That The DOG?

So, I was struggling with a bout of writer's block, agonizing over my next subject, when suddenly it hit me out of not-so-thin air. Sometimes, ideas come from strange places.

Today, the inspiration (an emanation) came to me on the barely detectable breeze. From beneath my desk, it wafted up from the black ball of fur near my feet, curled my toes and then my nose, and the room took on a greenish hue. And immediately I knew:

~~~~~~Dog farts!~~~~~~

Seriously, though, my beloved pooch -- the cutie-tootie you see here named Sassafras Tea (or Sassy for short) -- STINKS. I mean, not all the time, but, whew! It's been happening quite often lately.

And for a dog that's shared my bed for all of her thirteen years -- who likes to sleep with her tooshie towards my head -- well, this trend of producing prolific and potent amounts of what I call "green fog" is starting to become an issue.

dogfarts

So when I heard that funny little *pfffft* under the desk and then the product of the *pffft* reached my nose, I got up real quick and said, "Come on, Sass, let's go outside!" and rushed her to the door. She was all ready to play, but when I told her to go potty, she was like, what? She just stood there, looking at me, wagging.

Well, I left her out there to think about it for a bit while I did a little research on pooch flatulence, and I learned a thing or two. So allow me to share my new found intelligence with you ... along with dog fart reading material and products of course ... to hopefully help you rid your own home of such canine keester creations.


Dog farts

Dog farts

Canine Flatulence Explained

More than you probably ever wanted to know about dog farts....

I read that dogs fart more often when they age, when their intestines start losing their muscular tone. Hmpf. I beg to differ; my dog is still very toned! Although, I've never actually seen her intestines, so perhaps there's some truth to that after all.

And there are certain foods known to give dogs gas, like milk and other lactose products, raw vegetables, meat that's not fresh, and yesterday's leftovers, though different breeds can react ... well, differently. My Sassy is a mixed, mixed breed, meaning I'm quite sure she's the product of two very muttly mutts.

(By the way, that's not her heiny right there. Hers is still black and much smaller too.)

But anyhow...

Sometimes dogs get flatulent just by eating too quickly, which causes them to swallow too much air. One way to avoid this is by using a wide feeding bowl and crushing the food so the dog ingests smaller amounts at a time. That sounds reasonable enough. I can do that.

There are also products that can can be added to dog food to reduce canine farting, but these should be used only after consulting your veterinarian. Activated charcoal is one of those products, which absorbs the gasses that cause flatulence. These tablets are sold over the counter in most pet stores, but the down side is that activated charcoal can also rob the dog's body of the nutrients it gets from the food, so it should be used sparingly~~no more than two or three days at a time. But I think I'll opt for not using that at all, actually.

Ew!

Ew!

Other Stinky Dog Solutions

That is, solutions for stinky dogs

Here are some other suggestions I came across in my research on how to eliminate, or at least reduce, dog farts:

  • Try giving the dog more exercise. This might move things along, at least, while your dog is still outside. (And even if it doesn't reduce the farting, it'll be good for the dog, not to mention the owner.)
  • Try adding a few tablespoons of plain yogurt to the dog food. (My dog's an occasional eater, meaning she doesn't gobble all her food at once, so yogurt in her dish would get yucky. That won't work.)
  • Try eliminating soy from the dog's diet. (Soy? My dog doesn't eat tofu!)
  • Try a better dog food, such as Ultra Adult Dog Food, that isn't made up of fillers. (Well, she is worth the money.)
  • And if the better food doesn't do the trick, you can try Prozyme Pet Formula, a digestive enzyme that helps older dogs digest food.


My Gassy Sassy

My Gassy Sassy

My Gassy Sassy

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

I *THINK* I Want Comments (Or I suppose a good ol' fashion fart joke will do.)

QuizSquid on February 21, 2014:

Funny lens. I've had that with our cat a couple of weeks ago. I don't know what he got into, but it wasn't cat food.

trying2Bhealthy on June 25, 2013:

Great lens. Our Rottweiler can clear the room!

anonymous on June 22, 2013:

This was the best laugh we had all day! Love the Dogone THONG! And, we can totally relate having had our two beautiful pooches at our feet this morning experiencing that same 'green fog'. Great stuff!

mariacarbonara on May 27, 2013:

Great dog... stinky problem!

missBorokwa on March 05, 2013:

this is a good lens-i like your way of approaching it,my older dog sometimes also,ahem,well gets gassy,then looks up with those" I didn't do it" eyes. exercise definitely helps,and less leftover food.

suepogson on January 18, 2013:

Gasst Snassy is THE BIZ. Laugh??? I almost .... (oh enough already ...) All my animals hug you!

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on November 10, 2012:

Chicken farts are by far the worst ones from dogs. I do speak with the voice of experience on this. There may be some worse caused by some exotic foods, but chicken makes the nastiest smelling dog farts around.

TonyB

spids lm on November 01, 2012:

great lens love this!

AlleyCatLane on August 16, 2012:

Really cute article! Amazing what one can find on Squidoo. :-)

puppyprints on July 19, 2012:

ha ha ha Snausages makes my dog fart...but she LOVES to eat them!

readabooki on May 16, 2012:

Love the name of the lens

readabooki on May 16, 2012:

Love the name of the lens

anonymous on May 03, 2012:

LOVE this lens! My dalmatian Zola has been so gassy lately, and hers could wipe out a village!! You can see pictures of her on my Dalmatian lens!

7thStone on February 07, 2012:

Love your lens...we have an English Bulldog that once cleared a room (at the time he was on a high protein, grain-free food and it made his farts noxious). Just a suggestion, but about 3 years ago we began feeding him regular "people" food instead of dog food and now (when he does fart...which is much less frequent now) it passes quickly without any hanging green fog..

7thStone on February 07, 2012:

Love your lens...we have an English Bulldog that once cleared a room (at the time he was on a high protein, grain-free food and it made his farts noxious). Just a suggestion, but about 3 years ago we began feeding him regular "people" food instead of dog food and now (when he does fart...which is much less frequent now) it passes quickly without any hanging green fog..

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 30, 2012:

I giggled so hard that I almost fell off my chair. Lately my travels on squidoo seem to be taking me to the strangest places. Dog farts was somewhere I never expected to find myself this morning. Have a truly wonderful day.

Obscure_Treasures on December 11, 2011:

Funny lens. Good job.

flashgordontags1 on December 08, 2011:

I liked your lens just for the title. ROFL!

flashgordontags1 on December 08, 2011:

I liked your lens just for the title. ROFL!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 21, 2011:

ROFL. love this lens! I have a teacup yorkie that emits green fog a lot! She is not that healthy so it's not surprising. I do give her yogurt and she loves it. I'm laughing while typing. Sassy is so cute!

SaintFrantic on October 07, 2011:

Hahahahaha.That's so funny.

yayas on August 13, 2011:

When I read your description on 'Green Fog' I laughed an' laughed. Don't you see? Sassy is doin' her part for the environment; she's goin' 'Green.' What a considerate pup you have.

Steven Cousley from Young, NSW, Australia on June 29, 2011:

Thanks for the laugh. Needed that after a tough day today.

anonymous on June 28, 2011:

Hilarious! Any dog owner can identify with this lens. I've found the yogurt cure does work when my dogs get gassy, but I don't mix it with their food, I just feed it to them with a spoon. A couple of tablespoons for the 40 pound one, four or so tablespoons for the 80+ pound one, once a day for a couple of days and the gas problem is cured. (and the kind that's advertised to help regularity does work best, but any kind will do) My dogs love it, so there's no problem getting them to eat it.

TrainedDog on March 08, 2011:

Very funny but so true. My dobe years ago was like that. Finally ended up giving her bottled water and it worked. No more paint peeling off the walls.

DecoratingEvents on December 05, 2010:

laughed my way through this lens! LOL

AWildDog on November 08, 2010:

Dogs fart, it's a fact - all animals do. And it does get worse as they get older. But if it smells really bad - it's usually something they've eaten - just like humans. Many dogs can't stomach cheap foods well - and I don't say this to sound like a dog food snob, because you don't have to buy top end, really expensive dog food either.

Best thing to do is get to know your dog, my Blade really makes some stinks if we get him the food with tripe in it.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 06, 2010:

No way - I love the t-shirts, but my dogs are so big, they wouldn't fit them, I swear when one goes the other says 'that the best you can do' and then goes too! nightmare. What a fabulous lens, made me smile all the way through.

nebby from USA on September 13, 2010:

Our dog never seemed to fart until we adopted a second dog - and although we leave out enough treats for both of them, they both rush to see who can grab the rawhide chews the quickest so now they both get gas. It like living with a pair of skunks some times.

norma-holt on February 22, 2010:

Funny but important information. My dog rarely farts but I have a cat which loves to jump on me turn herself til her rear end faces my nose and then let out a gaseous equation as though it is a present. It happens so quickly and she does it usually when I am busy or preoccupied. Great lens, top marks lensrolled and featured on PetsHealth

Norma

betterhealthfordogs on February 11, 2010:

Very Very funny, yes doggie gas can be such a blast to the sinuses. You mention many great ways to reduce the gas. I am not siure of what you are doing now however I would love to help. Goto http://betterhealthfordogs.com/blog/promo and take advantage of one free months supply of digest all. My pupuses it and she was very gassy, now down to a minimal and tolerable function.

Home Interior D on February 09, 2010:

Very humorous lens but with good information too. I wonder if the same solutions will work with a gaseous cat.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 09, 2010:

Well, our Bulldog is the Flatulence Queen and boy can she let one rip! This is too funny.

Mona from Iowa on January 14, 2010:

Was a fun read. I have dogs all my life and we had a greyhound that could peel paint. I was unaware age could be a contributing factor. Interesting.

spunkyduckling on November 16, 2009:

Thank you so much for educating me on this topic. I'd rather my dog poop around me any day than a human. Dogs don't know better so its alright for them to pollute their environments and my air with their farts! Not a human..I'll kick a storm..ewfff This lens was fun-smiled from beginning till end. Well schemed and blended.

Jack on October 18, 2009:

My sister's Boston Terrier farts more than my dog. Dogs with short flat noses like Boston Terriers, Boxers, and Bulldogs fart more than dogs with longer noses.

NatureMaven on October 01, 2009:

The good thing about having a pet that farts is that you can always blame your own emissions on the furry critter as long as you are both in the same geographic proximity. Science has proven this. ;) *****

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 30, 2009:

This is another of your great stories ideas which become even greater on a second read. It's a fine example of how ordinary events in our day can be turned into a top class anecdotal lens. Blessed by an Angel today (squidoo.com/october-blessings)

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on September 26, 2009:

[in reply to Vladi] Hey, Vlad. Thanks for stopping by. Thing is, I've had kitties. Loved 'em for all of their 18 years and beyond ... but they WERE stinky. And their litter box ... phew! I can recall many occasions where, from across the house, an aroma like none other greeted my husband and I in our bed first thing in the morning. So you lovely felines still have your moments.

Vladimir from Australia on September 26, 2009:

I suggest your trade your dog for a cat.

ClearlyChosen on September 25, 2009:

Fantastic lens! Now I know what we can look forward to when our pooch ages. Not that he needs to age actually to fart. Coz he already is pretty good at producing squirts that can clear a room and tear the eyes. As they all do, they will never admit it was them that cleared the room and with an innocent face, will follow everyone out just to check out what's up!

I love this lens. Great fun!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 23, 2009:

Funny Lens. I have one Tooting Grand Pup but I think it is from Chicken Strips or too many treats. We only say "Tooting" in our house, lol!

Ayngel Overson from Crestone, Co on August 22, 2009:

Once again a kindred spirit - of sorts. Our Rottweiler can come close to killing us on bad days. (That funny sound you mentioned? We call it *whispers*)There are times he smells so bad that he wakes me up from a dead sleep! I've noticed the bigger the dog the worse the farts but... my little ten pount Roo has her own unique scent as well. It just sneaks up on you, something like onions and cooked cabbage. It doesn't smell quite as bad, but it sneaks up and makes your eyes water before you even realize you smell it.

Gotta love our doggie companions...

DAnnieB LM on July 26, 2009:

I have a dog named Sassy, too... she claims she never farts, the cat does it. But I know it's her, and I think this proves it.... thanks! My security word is sniffbot...how did they make it fart related?

julieannbrady on July 23, 2009:

Oh dear -- is this politically correct? I mean do LADIES say FART? I don't, I never say the word FART -- my grandma never liked that word -- I think the word I remember from growing up in Cleveland was something like POOKED -- but I'm not sure. Talk about dog FARTS, you should catch what comes out of our friends great dane! Those are killers. And, you know what -- how about equal time for cat FARTS? Let me tell you, we've got a couple of country club cats that can clear a room. ;)

Rich from Surrey, United Kingdom on July 22, 2009:

Now, this had me rolling! As I'm not a dog owner, this is a problem that I thankfully don't have to cope with. 5*s for the laughs alone!

anonymous on July 14, 2009:

This is hilarious!!! LOL

anonymous on June 08, 2009:

Great lens and funny 5*

anonymous on June 07, 2009:

Great lens! My dog doesn't fart as much, but I don't know if I've ever seen a dog that has as many bowel movements as mine. I think it might be the organic dog food!

Thnx for your comments on my lens!

wanz on June 07, 2009:

Looooved it! Any dog owner should read this lens! I was wondering where you were going to go with this frm the title, but you managed to stick your affiliate stuff in very smoothly! I'm impressed!

Wanz "Ancora Imparo" ( I am still learning)

inkserotica on June 02, 2009:

Omg! lol! Totally funny but then I do have an odd sense humour! ;) 5* (my security word is squidlaugh!)

draik on May 18, 2009:

Thanks for joining All About Animals Group. Your lens was added to our feature module and it will appear randomly.

rockrat on May 12, 2009:

You made me laugh. At the end of a long, tiring day - I thank you for that, Mam!

jwooten80 on April 27, 2009:

Oh my god! This is sooo funny! I totally understand...but we have kitty poots at our house! Five's all around, and adding you to my favorites! You have totally inspired me to be less inhibited in what I write in my lens!

anonymous on April 26, 2009:

Absolutely Hilarious :)

I've got 2 'tooters' that will make you get up and leave the room.....and they sleep with me too. Did you know that Boxers are renowned farters? Even when they're still puppies. Very happy that you included some 'natural' ways to eliminate flatulence, so I could welcome you into the Dog Health Care group :)

Andy-Po on April 24, 2009:

Great lens. Useful information.

tandemonimom lm on April 23, 2009:

Two words: Outside Pet. ;-)

ctavias0ffering1 on April 20, 2009:

The worst farter I ever had was a greyhound, she could clear a room in 3 seconds flat and still look completely innocent 5*

anonymous on April 19, 2009:

Oh I did larff! As the owner of a big dog that has the ability to wake me from my slumber as the green fog drifts over her nostrils, actually it's not that funny.

Angel emissions to you - of the blessings kind!

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on April 16, 2009:

There was a boxer that James Herriot wrote about in The Lord God Made Them All, I think his name was Walter - and no one would take the dog because of his really bad problem which you mention above. Herriot found a new owner, who had no sense of smell. A happy ending. Blessed by an angel today

drifter0658 lm on April 16, 2009:

LMAO...I have to go and get a Squidiaper....too !@ing funny.....did I tell you that you rock?

btw......the green is perfect!

Thanks!

anonymous on April 16, 2009:

Uh, lovely, dear. (This is my wife. I'm so ... proud?)

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on April 16, 2009:

With two dogs, aged 11 and 12, I am familiar with this problem. I'm also aware it's very easy to blame the dog when someone who walks on two legs lets one go so I usually hold an enquiry when my partner accuses one of our dogs and I'm not so sure he's telling the absolute truth.

Funny lens with useful information - 5* and lensrolled to three dogs related lenses.

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